Board of Directors
2021-2022 Board of Directors
About Adrian DeGraff
About Hugh Firebaugh
I like to look at big picture ways to meet business objectives by combining a strong brand foundation with strategic thinking with creative ingenuity. My role as a generalist allows me to look at the entire spectrum of available tactics to create a cohesive plan and to effectively guide it through implementation. It’s having the knowledge and experience to know proven tactics but also the courage to pioneer new ideas.
I am passionate about telling my client’s stories in a way that helps them achieve their own unique vision, and I love helping them bring that vision to life.
I have been part of the AAF in both Louisville and Raleigh having roles at every level of involvement including programming chair, a 2-year term as president, and a year as state governor. I’m excited to helm the American Advertising Awards for 2021-2022 and look forward to an exciting year of growth.
About Lexxus Betts
Outside of corporate work, I am passionate about my non-profit, Thrive Women’s Empowerment and my Event and Organizational Management Company, Rêve Par LaNeè, LLC. I thrive to turn what society believes are impossible dreams into capable lifestyles. I currently reside in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area with my furbaby, Benji . My life’s mantra is “Relentless Pursuit of Perfection” I look forward to making your acquaintance.
About John Moore
John is a native of Raleigh, NC and attended NC State University, where he received a degree in Verbal & Visual Communications. The son of an art teacher and an architect, John has had a love for art, design, photography and advertising, as far back as he can remember.
About Alaina Ruggery
About Casey Sokolovic
Casey is curious and strategy driven with a passion for the outdoors, cooking, and adventure. Casey supports her team by leading projects from conception through launch and driving public relations through pitch development and media outreach. She currently supports brands including Pendleton Whisky and Smith Anderson.
Casey graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, a minor in Nonprofit Studies, and a M.S. in Management. She also holds a MSc in Global Luxury Management from Skema Business School (Paris).
Donald H. Williams
Eva A. May
Frank K. Manson
Maria L. Montaño
Nancy Perry Johnson
Sheila Hale Ogle
Interested in Joining?
Members of AAF have dedicated professionals who work, teach, and study in the field; and have a passion for advancing the advertising industry. As an active member, you’ll have access to AAF’s well-connected community that will help you boost your knowledge and advance your career. Plus, you can connect with advertising agencies and marketers in the Triangle through one of our professional chapters across North America.